Raising Toddlers

He is my sunshine! My one of three sunshines. 
He makes me happy when skies are gray. 
He'll never know how much I love him.
But for now, I guess that's okay.  

This little munchkin makes my heart swell!
He is almost a 1 year old. 
I barely believe that I have a 2 yr old, and a 1 yr old.  Wow! I'm grateful for my boys, that's for sure.  
They make life heaven on earth. There are tough times, and I'm not a perfect mom. But, I'm trying the best I know how to do. There are so many good books about parenting that I love to read.  Here are just a few:

I don't always have the best answer of how to apply the principles from these books with my toddlers.  But knowing them and starting it now will ensure a better habit for the future!  I hope. ;)

What books do you like to read that help you raise your children?


Ol' friends, and some good ol' advice

I'm excited to go get me some KiwiLoco frozen yogurt tonight.  I'm going with some ol' friends from Arkansas.  My friend Natalie, and her cousin Kaylee. They are both dear friends that I love!  In fact Kaylee's mom and my mom were friends when they were in high school! How fun! 
They are always so fun to be around!

Jed is still earnestly looking for a job. We have a couple of leads and hope that they pull through.  The thing about getting an interview, is you really have hardly any control. (Especially if you don't have anyone to network with.)  We do the best we can {such as a shiny resume and fool-proof cover letter}  but the rest is up to where-ever we are applying.  He is graduating with a degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance.  He graduates in just 1 month! ONE?  Wow.  It will be sad to leave this fun college town {that is super cold(like 33 degrees cold)} but we're happy to keep moving on in life. It's interesting to see how much we've grown and what we've learned.  Here are some things I've learned while being poor college students and parents:
  • how to cook dried beans
  • how to cloth diaper
  • how to walk everywhere when we run out of gas
  • how to change our own car-oil
  • how to give to others when we have so little
  • how to shop at thrift stores
  • how to save money  (ha! we're not the best at this, still learning!)
  • how to be all entrepreneur -ish 
I'm not kidding! We've learned so much. We are so young, and will continue to learn.  Can you imagine, when we're old, how much we would have accumulated in our brain? No wonder old people forget.  So much is shoved into their brain, some things start falling out!    What's really cool is that Jed (hubby) is learning how to save and invest money, the right way!  I'm excited to apply these principles to our life so that managing money isn't such a mystery.  I watched a funny skit from SNL with Steve Martin, it's this: 

Seriously? How true is this skit? How many times have I tried to buy something I can not afford?  Hmmm....
But I am getting better! Especially with the advice from this book:
One thing this book engrains in my brain is:  "A part of all I earn is mine to keep."  Not mine to spend, but mine to keep. SAVE. at least %10 of what you earn.   Why would someone ever just save their money?  When I got money as a little girl, the first thing I did was buy another beanie baby to add to my collection.

But now- I know better.  Of course I can't save all the time.  It seems like bills eat up my entire savings every 3 months or so. But I'm in college!  Soon hubby will have a steady job and bills will be controllable(if our spending is under-control).

If there is anything I've learned so far in my short life, it's live more simply.  Because:



lil Jeddie

He's playing with the same toys I played with when I was little:  like all my beanie babies!!  Did you play with those when you were little? 
I remember keeping the tags on used to be so important to me, but now I don't even think twice about ripping off the tags so my boys can play with them safely.
I <3 my boys


Halloween Party

The Schuerchs threw such a FUN party last Saturday! Some reasons it was awesome:
  • homemade candy
  • pumpkin carving
  • festive music
  • chocolate red velvet cupcakes
  • cute costumes
  • fun decorations
  • "boiling" sprite

Our actual Halloween Day was pretty lame. Haha. Our car battery died and it took FOREVER to get it changed. The old battery was rusted and had to be sawed out of the car. Yeah. Sawed.  It was pretty pitiful.

But. It's better now!